The present study aimed to investigate the reasons for entering, interrupting and staying in undergraduate courses in physical education (EDF) in Porto Velho, comparing licentiate (LIC) and bachelor (BAC) students. 238 students participated, answering the questionnaire. The main reasons were personal identification and professional identification. The need to support themselves or the family was the most frequent reason for interruption. The main reason for staying was liking/identification with EDF. LIC students had lower income and higher frequency of course interruptions. It is concluded that although there are significant similarities between the courses regarding the variables studied, there are differences between them that deserve to be considered.
Physical Education; University; Professional qualification; Graduation